Governors to Discuss Equipping Americans for the Jobs of the Future in Des Moines

Workshop explores how to empower rural communities, reskill mid-career workers and create a future-ready workforce

Against a backdrop of globalization and technological advancement, governors will convene in Des Moines in early March to discuss strategies to empower rural communities, reskill mid-career workers and create a future-ready workforce.

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, the National Governors Association chair, will help guide a discussion of his Good Jobs for All Americans initiative, which links governors with leading thinkers and doers in private business, government and the academic and nonprofit realms. He will be joined by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the NGA vice chair, and Governor Kim Reynolds of the host state of Iowa.

During the session, governors and other participants will learn how Iowa achieved the nation’s lowest unemployment rate and how the state is advancing past its agricultural roots to create opportunities for all of its residents.

The session will be preceded by a visit to the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, where participants will learn more about Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX), a collaboration between education, business, and the community. Waukee APEX draws on the expertise of business partners to bring real-world experience to high school.

WHO: Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the NGA chair, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the NGA vice chair, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and NGA staff.

WHAT: A candid discussion of the challenges faced by American workers and how governors are helping them prepare for the jobs of the future, including education, retraining for mid-career workers, and ensuring that no region or American is left behind in strategies to equip workers for success in the global economy.

WHEN: Monday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. (The Waukee visit is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., to be followed by welcoming remarks and an overview, then an armchair chat among the governors. We expect a brief opportunity afterward for credentialed media to ask questions of the governors.)

WHERE: Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

TO ATTEND: Please email James Nash at or call 202-624-3658.